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Abstract Title: Making and Breaking Bones: Learning Physics through Engineering Design
Abstract: The Maker Movement is gaining increasing attention among educators for the promise it holds for K-12 STEM learning. Similar to project-based learning, the Maker Movement emphasizes the importance of active, authentic learning, but accomplishes this through making; students have the potential to not only be consumers of ideas and objects, but also producers. This paper reports on research on 8th grades students engaged in an integrated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning unit as part of a creative design and engineering course.
Specifically, students used a 3D printer and associated design software to design, fabricate, and test a prosthetic fibula for a stuntman's use in a movie.  This paper presents how the project required students to use their knowledge of physics (e.g., force, motion, and pressure) in coordination with other knowledge basis and how the integrated project resulted in different views of school and science
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexandria Hansen
University of California, Santa Barbara
and Co-Presenter(s)
Danielle Harlow